A fun-filled test of ... lots of stuff at Queen City Stampede
By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader | September 21. 2013 8:37PM
Maison D'Amelio, 12, from Auburn, spins a hula hoop for three minutes on her arm at Stark Park during the Queen City Stampede on Saturday in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Santa, aka 62-year-old Dan Greenleaf of Manchester, acknowledged the friendly jab. "Christmas is coming," said Santa, who sported a white beard, red knickers and red- and white-striped socks.
"I love watching them and trying to figure the clues out," she said before the opening sprint.
From their start from Veterans Memorial Park, teams needed to get a photo with themselves by the moose sculpture outside Wall Street Tower on Canal Street before heading to Arms Park, where one person had to unroll string from a rod while a second person from a lower elevation had to clip a piece of paper, which then had to be reeled up.
Robby and Sarah Zeller, who moved to Manchester three years ago, found the competition led them to places they hadn't visited before.
He waited along with 10 other teams along Elm Street, across from the Brady Sullivan Tower, to catch a city bus to Stark Park, where participants each had to spin a hula hoop on an arm for three minutes.
Knowing the city's geography was definitely a plus.
Teams leaving the Millyard needed to figure out which street to take to reach Elm Street. Christine Egan went as far as the National Guard Armory before circling back, worried about going too far north on her way to the Brady Sullivan Tower.
"Don't wait for me. I'll catch up," he said.
"I'm going to wait for you," Mom said. "We're a team."
Teams paid between a $60 and $120 entry fee depending on when they registered. Each person who finished received a medal. Other challenges included hammering nails into 2-by-4s and inserting cream into Twinkie-like treats.
"He was checking to see whether you were being good or bad," Matthew Gatsas told his 2-year-old son, also named Matthew.